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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Sept. 16, 2010 - Joy

By Gary Rogers

Joy is a Christian benefit reserved specifically for the followers of Jesus. Happiness and fun are wonderful experiences that even the lost, unbelieving world can experience. An amusement park, vacation resort or favorite activity such as fishing, hunting or golfing can bring fun. A degree of happiness is experienced in accomplishments, relationships and even possessions. A new car or home brings some happiness. Marriage or the birth of a child and then a grandchild brings happiness.

But the negative aspect of happiness and fun is how fragile and temporary they are. The roller coaster ride ends, the vacation comes to a conclusion; then it’s time to come back to the real world. The glory of accomplishments fades, relationships get rocky, and a single dent in your car can change that happiness to a cloudy day.

You need a consistent, ever-abiding, positive experience that gives a sense of well-being. You need an overwhelming feeling that everything is going to be all right. Joy is the answer. One of the songs logged in my memory from children’s church proclaimed that joy comes from the priority sequence of Jesus and Others and You.

I think back to when our church conducted a Kids Camp missions outreach for Native American families. Ladies were in the kitchen preparing the next meal. Three men were outside repairing and spray painting the outside of the mission church. Across the camp our people were involved with Bible Quiz, recreation, nursing scrapes and bruises, clothes distribution and leading the different teams of children. Stan, our children’s pastor was leading the ministry outreach. Everyone was busy. You could hear laughter. People were enjoying other people.

Jesus was the reason we were there. Others needing Jesus was our motivation. Sacrifices were made. People back home gave financial support to underwrite the expenses. Vacation time was given as an offering to the Lord. Distance from family and loved ones was a sweet-smelling aroma offered to God. I believe even the cold showers and sleeping on a bunk bed were being received as an offering.

The overall outcome of it all was JOY! There was this overwhelming sense that we were doing something for the kingdom of God. Fulfillment flooded our souls, because Jesus was touching those kids through us. Joy is experienced when you place “others” after “Jesus” and ahead of “you.”

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Coweta, Okla.

 

 

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